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Match Report: Chelsea 2-1 Palmeiras (aet): Havertz penalty in extra time seals Club World Cup crown

Kai Havertz got Chelsea's winner

Kai Havertz converted a penalty deep into extra time to clinch Club World Cup glory for Chelsea with a 2-1 win over Palmeiras.

The game appeared destined for a penalty shoot-out after a drab extra period, but the Blues got the opportunity to go in front again and they took it.

Romelu Lukaku initially put Chelsea ahead with an excellent header just before the hour, but Palmeiras levelled nine minutes later through a Raphael Veiga spot-kick.

Havertz then kept his cool from the spot in the 117th minute as Chelsea were crowned world champions for the first time.

Palmeiras arguably edged the first half with Dudu proving particularly lively, curling just over at the end of a mazy run in the 24th minute before then shooting wide while off balance when played in on goal by Ze Rafael soon after.

Chelsea, who lost Mason Mount to an innocuous-looking injury, did finish the half better, though.

Thiago Silva forced his Brazil team-mate Weverton into a save from distance, before then heading over from six yards out at the following corner.

Lukaku made no such error, however, meeting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s left-wing cross with a bullet header into the top-left corner early in the second period.

But their lead did not last long. Silva was penalised for handball in the box and Veiga confidently swept home the resulting penalty.

Christian Pulisic wasted a good opportunity in the 73rd minute, that miss ultimately leading to extra time.

Neither side offered much of an attacking threat, but Chelsea got their chance right at the end when Luan blocked Cesar Azpilicueta’s shot with his hand, and Havertz made no mistake from 12 yards.

Luan was then sent off for hacking Havertz down as the last man, compounding a heart-breaking ending for Palmeiras, each of those decisions having been given following a VAR check.

What does it mean? Chelsea get their crown

The last time Chelsea were in the Club World Cup 10 years ago, they were beaten in the final by Corinthians – and for periods of this game they were arguably second best.

But Havertz got them over the line with a very composed penalty that left Weverton with no chance.

Concerns may remain with the standard of Chelsea’s performance, as they have been underwhelming at times recently, but at least for the time being their focus will be on enjoying another trophy under Thomas Tuchel.

Lukaku makes himself useful

While he may not have been remarkable here, Lukaku was at least effective. He was efficient in front of goal, with that excellent header being one of just two shots, while he also laid on three chances for team-mates – no one else on the pitch managed more key passes.

A sorry end for Luan

Generally speaking, Palmeiras centre-back Luan was solid – even if he was beaten in the air by Lukaku for the first goal. His outing was ruined in the latter stages, though. He might argue there was little he could do about the handball, as the shot came from only a couple of yards away, but he did not need his hand to be raised. Then, the red card came out as a result of his sheer desperation to stop Havertz – not that it would have mattered a great deal if Chelsea had got a third so late.

What’s next?

Chelsea return to Premier League action next Saturday away to Crystal Palace.

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